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Amadablam is one of the most beautiful aesthetically and exposed Himalayan mountain in the Everest region. It is considered one of the most sough mountains to climb by mountaineering enthusiast, we can see why? It is exposed widely and is clearly visible from most part of Everest region. This expedition involves a cultural trek into base camp, technical rock, snow and ice climbing and stunning panoramic summit views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.We will climb Ama Dablam via the SW ridge, a technical route, and considered to be the standard route. The route is considered a relatively safe route by Himalayan standards.

It was first summited on 13th March 1961 a Silver hut scientific expedition lead by Sir Edmund Hillary. Ever since this beautiful mountain has been a dream expedition for many. Its Southwest ridge line is the most safest route to climb this amazing peak.

Amadablam however is not a easy climb, you will need previous experience of peak or mountain climbing of over 6000-6500 M high and have necessary skills on use of ropes, use of crampons and ice axe have necessary experience on exposure to high altitude climb. You will need a liaison officer and experienced guide to take you to the summit. It is necessary to have experience of ice climbing, peak climbing Island peak or Mt. Blanc before taking on this expedition. Interested climbers with the necessary experience is highly recommended to have the initial necessary experience.

EXPEDITION STYLE

This expedition consists of 3 camps. We will climb through the south west ridge route, which is the most safest compared to others. Once established in Base Camp, we move loads to Camp 1 (5,807m/19,052ft) via a long slope to the beginning of the South West Ridge. The technical climbing begins after Camp 1 as the route consist of slab of rocks then a vertical rock climbing ridge with support of fixed ropes leading directly to Camp 2 (6,277m/20,594ft). The very exposed nature of the route makes for exciting climbing yet the climbing is not as steep as one would imagine. Climbers with moderate technical experience can attempt this route. On summit day, the route crosses between the ice cliffs, then follows a snow arête directly onto the 6,828m/22,401ft summit. However, the climbs are physically demanding and long hours of climbs are necessary on the final summit day.

SKILLS REQUIRED

Amadablam is a climbers mountains. You will need your fitness and climbing skills to be able to look after yourself for long hours during the climb according to terrains. You should be able to take care of yourself even during the though climb session, eating well and staying hydrated from the start of the expedition, making sure your gears are in check and functional during the climb. Your Sherpa expedition leader will guide and motivate you throughout but a lot of the effort lies within your ability to climb and you will be liable to yourself. So, we suggest certain skills especially for Amadablam style expedition.

  • Rock climbing indoors and outdoors – (i) learn the basics of wearing harness and helmets (ii) tying figure 8 knot and stopper knot (iii) basics of using belaying device correctly (iv) Use ascending and descending devices (iv) basics of using ropes , start/end when climbing (v) learning knowledge of moving while using the gears and being checking the safety features simultaneously.

The more experience you have rock climbing tougher rotes in different types of rock the better it is for you to get familiar with climbing and adjusting during the expeditions.

  • Abseiling.This is the simplest yet the one of the most important skills to master. Some multi – pitch abseiling knowledge/experience are also required

  • Climbing on different terrains. Slab rocks, vertical rocks. Scrambling on steep terrains.

  • Use of Crampons and Ice axe. Winter ice climbing or mountaineering courses are recommended. You should be able to kick step and balance with ice axe on icy slopes to ascend on vertical climb. Ice arrest skills to save your self incase of slips or fall, being comfortable while descending and abseiling on crampons in all the terrains.

  • Climbing in Altitude. We will be climbing Island peak as a training/acclimatising peak. Your prior experience in climbing should give you a good understanding of your body coping in the altitude. You will be liable to yourself so it is best to build you fitness up to the best level. Our itineraries are designed to be able to help you with proper acclimatisation but you will also have to be aware of your eating pattern and staying properly hydrated.

( All training will be provided in Amadablam base camp by your expedition leader, to refresh your skill memories and get you started into climbing )

Guides /Sherpas. Ratio : clients. Qualification and level of English

On this expedition we aim to have max 8 climbers, we have 1 Main guide who will be IMFGA / NMA certified. He is the main leader of the team. Western guide with IMFGA certified can be arranged upon request. Additional* charges apply. But we believe that Nepalese IMFGA certified guides are more than capable in this day and age and have an excellent level of English. We are committed to responsible tourism and want to enhance and prioritize local Nepalese leaders first, but if the clients request a western guide personally then we can have that arranged.

Sherpa ratio 2:1. Our Sherpas are NMA ( Khumbu climbing center trained/certified ). Personal Sherpa for 1:1 can be arranged who will be solely responsible for the clients but extra additional charges apply. Our Sherpas have an intermediate level of English. Can understand, reply and instruct very well.

Day 1 / 2 Arrival and gear check

Day 3 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Day 4 Trek to Namche

Day 5 Namche

Day 6 Tengboche

Day 7 Dingboche

Day 8 Chukung

Day 9 – 10 Island Peak Climb to prepare for Amadablam climb

Day 11 Ama Dablam Base Camp

Day 12 Ama Dablam Base Camp

Day 13 Climb to Intermediate Camp

Day 14 Climb to Camp 1, sleep IC

Day 15 Camp 1

Day 16 Climb to C2, return to Camp 1

Day 17-18 Base camp

Day 19 Camp 1

Day 20 Camp 2

Day 21 Camp 3

Day 22 Summit and back to Camp 2

Day 23 Base Camp

Day 24 Rest day

Day 25 Return trek to Namche

Day 26 Return trek to Lukla

Day 27 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 28 Kathmandu relaxation day

Day 29 Departure

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Q What kind of food is available?

During the trekking days in tea houses mostly foods are prepared according to your choice in the menu. Rice and Lentils ( Dal bhat being the famous diet ) to pasta, soups, pizza, mash potato, dumplings etc. But during the camping days we provide both cooked and packed/canned food supplies packed from Kathmandu.

Options are limited during camping days. Mostly Rice/lentils/veg/ pasta for cooked foods and freezed dried foods, chocolate/energy bars, biscuits, hydration tablets. We will have varieties of freezed dried foods (chicken, veg, spaghetti etc ) which are specially made for expeditions.

Q Power and access to Internet?

Solar panels will be used to provide power or you can use charging points in tea houses. For access to the internet, Everest link card will have to be purchased in every tea houses ( prices from Rs 500/ 5GB to Rs 1000/10GB ) up to Khare which is the last tea house. But during the camping days to communicate we will have to rely on satellite radio comms to stay updated.

Q Contingency Days?

We have added contingency day on our 14 days climbing/summit days. If the weather is all great then from base camp to summit and back can be achieved in 7/8 days if that is not the case then we have already added an extra 4 days as a contingency so that our team can have extra days for summit attempt when things don't go as planned. Yes, I would highly recommend return flight to stay flexible as this will give you the opportunity to extend/shorten your departure date.

Q Tents? Brands/sizes and setups.

We use alpine 3/4 season tents from Salewa, Mountain Hardwear, Samaya equipment and Kailas. Most of our client tents are 2 person tents but a single tent can be provided for any solo climbers joining the team. Although we recommend 2 people in a tent to have company and preserve the natural heat. Head of Sherpa team Sardar will be in charge of all the tent setups. On 2020 we will have new tents, burners, and other climbing equipment.

Q Logistical support for Expedition. Kitchen staffs, porters.

Logistical team during expedition. we will have 1 head chef with 1-2 helpers for small numbers ( 1-4 groups ). And 3 - 4 ( for 5 - 8 groups ). Porters numbers also depend on the number of climbers. We allow 40Kgs per client for this expedition and each porter will carry 30kgs per client. So, with the increase in weights per client the no. of porter team increases.

Namas Adventure is a premier adventure activity service provider specialising in hand picked adventure activities with trekking, climbing, motocross and expeditions to the peaks. We aim to provide the best adventure tours around the globe. What makes us different is also our commitment to higher standard of service, responsible, ethical and sustainable tourism. All of Namas adventure activities are lead by experienced IMFGA / NMA certified professional leaders (Treks and Peaks). Our treks, any where in the world are always lead by experienced certified locally trained guides. Our trekking guides have an average of 10+ years of leading guiding experience with deep understandings of the local network, culture and terrains. Our motocross and mountain bike tours are lead by passionate and highly experience professional leaders who wants to share their love for enduro to our adventure enthusiast travellers and travel together on great adventures. Our expeditions are lead by Professional Sherpa leaders and professional expedition leaders (qualified to IFMGA standard). As of 2018/19, we have started with mountain expeditions below 7000M. During Autumn season some of our expeditions are lead by Everest summited Sherpa veteran leaders who has the right knowledge and experience to guarantee highly experienced guidance to achieve higher rate of summit success for our clients. When considering the demands of the trip, we select the best and most appropriate leader for the task. Our central aim is to help you attain your personal adventure/expeditions goals while experiencing the best of our planet, its unique cultures and environments. We aim to offer the highest quality adventure tours and expeditions at a great value while focusing on our primary goals: safety, success, enjoyment of your adventurous holiday and recreation. We hire only the best leaders and we don’t cut corners on costs. Our adventures and expeditions strive to set the highest standards. We prioritise the wellbeing and safety of our teams, being responsible to the environments we operate in, respecting culture, contributing to local economies by employing regional partners and paying them higher than the industry standard or influencing higher pay when we feel the market has underpaid the working staffs and working in a self-sufficient and self-reliant way. We promote a sustainable/responsible approach to adventure travel by connecting people to the natural world and giving back to local communities. At Namas we take great pride in all our adventure tours and expeditions and work hard to provide the highest standard of service to all our clients and bring together a happy team with the highest of standards. OUR VISION At Namas we aspire to become world’s most trusted, thought provoking and purpose led travel brand. WHY NAMAS ADVENTURE? Our Operating Values Commitment to highest quality adventure services Customer safety, well being and enjoyment of adventure tours is our outmost priority Implement responsible and sustainable practices Hiring the best climbing and trekking guiding leader Creating unique enjoyable experiences Use of highest quality equipments and gears on all treks and expeditions Provide Individualised service Giving back initiative through charities and volunteering tours Sharing our passion of outdoor adventure and expeditions Driving change that benefits the society and environment

Includes

  • IMFGA/NMA certified Guide leader
  • 1:2 Sherpa/Sardar ratio. ( 1:1 Sherpa can be arranged, extra charges apply)
  • Head chef and 2 kitchen helpers ( Helpers increase with the numbers in climbing team members )
  • Arrival hotel in Kathmandu
  • All trekking permits (Khumbu Region Permit and TIMS)
  • All internal-local transportation to and from the trekking trail head
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek days. (one meal order)
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Full porter support to / from Base Camp
  • Fooding and camp lodging arrangements at Base Camp on a full board basis (this includes 3 course meals, services of cook crew, camping equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, kitchen items etc)
  • Lobuche Peak 6118M acclimatisaion peak
  • 40 kgs personal weight
  • Freezed dried meals during camping days ( Chicken, mushroom, vegan options etc )
  • Single tent for individual use at Base Camp
  • Solar charging at Base Camp (Comms will be given the first priority)
  • Snacks and goodies for rest days including olives, dry meats, pate, crackers and cheeses,chocolate bars, ground coffee, nuts. Whole bunch of super foods. Hydration/electrolyte tables.
  • Tents, pots and pans for use on the mountain
  • Expedition tents ( 2 or 1 person tents ) Brands Salewa, Mountain hardwear, samaya equipment, Kailas
  • Food and fuel above Ama Dablam Base Camp. Minimum choices from Camp I to Camp III.
  • Porter service upto camp I.
  • Namas staff stationed at Camp 1 who will be melting ice and providing hot water for you when you camp there
  • Training day with technical skills. This is not a course day and you should already be well familiar with abseiling and basic climbing technicques
  • Ropes, climbing gear required for equipping the mountain, ice screws, snow stakes etc
  • Expedition 1st aid kit including antibiotics and medicines for use at altitude
  • Insurance for Base Camp crew
  • Insurance for the Climbing Sherpas
  • Insurance for porters
  • Radio comms team at Base camp
  • Frequent update on expeditions
  • Porters throughout the expeditions
  • Arrival pick up and departure
  • Internal flights
  • Welcome/Farewell leave Dinner

Excludes

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Entertainment and food ( Kathmandu )
  • Bottled drinks and beverages
  • Evacuation (will be done in your account)
  • Tips (Service Charge in Hotel and Restaurants are included)
  • Single supplement Charges
  • Laundry, Phone services, Personal expenditure transactions
  • Optional trips
  • Tea breaks, chocolates or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Delay and cancellation because of natural phenomenon
  • International flights to Kathmandu
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